A year of thwarted ambition

Martin Jacques argues that the war in Iraq has revealed the likely limits to American imperial power.

Following 9/11, we have witnessed the birth of a new American unilateralism and self-interest to which every country in the world has been, and is being, obliged to respond and relate. Iraq is the first true test of that American imperial ambition and it has already served to suggest some of the limits to that power.